Green tribunal slaps ₹1 crore fine on BPCL

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday rapped Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd and two other public sector oil companies for not complying with orders pertaining to the installation of anti-pollution vapour recovery systems at fuel stations.

A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel came down heavily on the companies and directed BPCL to deposit ₹1 crore fine levied on it by the Central Pollution Control Board earlier. The green panel further warned of punitive action against the company directors if the compliance reports are not submitted within two weeks.

Hits out at officials

“This is a matter of environment and you are playing with the lives of people. So we will also play with your lives. There is no harm in staying behind bars. The order was passed in September last year and you still have not complied with it. Why do we even have a tribunal if the orders are to be flouted by government officers themselves?” the Bench said during the hearing. The Bench has specified that no punitive action will be taken against officers if the compliance report satisfies the Bench.

“File something which is genuine and not fraudulent. For every delay someone is responsible, so either deduct it from their salaries or from the directors’ assets. If compliance is done then there will be no punitive action,” the Bench said.

Earlier, the green panel had directed IOC, BPCL and HPCL to install Stage-I and Stage-II vapour recovery devices by October 31. The directions came while the tribunal was hearing a plea moved by advocate Aditya N. Prasad and city resident Vallari Sheel, who contended that petroleum products at fuel stations contribute to air pollution. The NGT also discharged companies, including Reliance, from the case after they submitted that they had complied with the earlier order.

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